Restaurants in Melbourne
Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, is a world-renowned sporting and cultural center of Australia attracting millions of international visitors every year. Being a cosmopolitan city, it offers an endless selection of delicious multicultural cuisine prepared by talented local and international chefs.
While most Melburnians were born in Australia, many come from other countries, including the U.K., Spain, Greece, India, Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Sudan. This diversity is clearly reflected in the many established restaurants, cafes and eateries in and around the city that serve specialty food from different parts of the world.
Want the best-tasting Spanish tapas? Enjoy this incredible appetizer from MoVida restaurant. Craving for some real Italian food? Walk along Lygon Street in Carlton and sample Gelatissimo’s Italian ice cream or old-fashioned Italian pizza and pasta from Toto’s Pizza. If you’re looking for Chinese cuisine or something Asian, the best place to visit is Chinatown. This vibrant community features laneway eateries and restaurants that serve your choice of Chinese, Japanese, Thai or Malaysian cuisine.
Top Fine Dining Restaurants
When you come to Melbourne, don’t forget to bring your appetite with you. If you don’t mind waiting and spending more for sumptuous meals prepared by award-winning chefs in town, then book your reservation at some of the highly-rated fine dining restaurants listed below. These are handpicked by the Australian Gourmet Traveller.
• Attica with Chef Ben Shewry’s modern Australian cuisine
• Cutler & Co with Chef Andrew McConnell’s modern Australian cuisine
• Vue de Monde with Chef Shannon Bennett’s modern Australian cuisine
• Rockpool Bar & Grill with Chef Neil Perry’s Modern Australian cuisine
• Flower Drum with Chef Anthony Lui’s Cantonese cuisine
• Café Di Stasio with Chef Steven Rofe’s Italian cuisine
• Grossi Florentino with Chefs Guy Grossi and Chris Rodriguez’s Italian cuisine
• The Press Club with Chefs George Calombaris and Luke Croston’s Greek cuisine
• Pei Modern with Chefs Mark Best and Matt Germanchis’ modern Australian cuisine
• Woodland House with Chef Thomas Woods and Hayden McFarland’s modern Australian cuisine
Here’s a really great tip for those who want to save some extra dollars. Sometimes, just knowing exactly when to eat at a particular fine dining restaurant will give you the opportunity to enjoy a very luxe meal for a lot less.
Several fine dining restaurants, such as the Press Club, Esposito and Café Di Estasio, offer very affordable lunch specials. So, make sure you ask about lunch specials every now and then instead of just booking dinner reservations.
Good Food at Affordable Prices
For people who like to travel as an adventure without a big budget to spare, don’t worry because Melbourne features many affordable eateries in every neighborhood.
When in Richmond, go to Thy Thy and try their Vietnamese dishes. If you’re in Flemington, go to Laksa King for some spicy Malaysian cuisine and if in the CBD, enjoy eating Chinese dumplings and noodles at Camy Shanghai Dumpling.
Night Life at Rooftop Bars
For late night enjoyment of food and drinks together with some friends and acquaintances, rooftop bars are very popular in Melbourne. Just to mention a few, check out The Emerson in South Yarra, Bellota in South Melbourne and Black Pearl on Brunswick Street.